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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: From On-site Power Generation to Ophthalmic Frames

New York, Jan 27, 2004

In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, ANSI Online will publish, on an ongoing basis, a series of snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

On-site Power Generation
On-site electric power generation is any method of producing power that will be used on or near the site at which it is generated. This includes many non-utility applications, from emergency standby sources, to peak shaving (using other sources of energy to supplement the normal amounts delivered to customers during peak-use periods), and many others. It even encompasses alternative power sources such as wind, solar, and fuel cells.

The Electrical Generating Systems Association and the National Electrical Contractors Association, both ANSI members and accredited standards developers, have teamed up on American National Standard NECA/EGSA 404-2000, Recommended Practice for Installing Generator Sets, which describes installation procedures for generator sets used for on-site power production, including emergency applications. It is intended to define what is meant by installing equipment in a “neat and workmanlike manner” as required by the National Electrical Code (ANSI/NFPA 70), Section 110-12.

Ophthalmic Frames
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health recognizes that conformance with recognized consensus standards can provide a reasonable assurance of safety and/or effectiveness for many applicable aspects of medical devices, and assist the FDA in its regulatory processes. The Optical Laboratories Association (OLA) sponsors and administers ANSI-Accredited Standards Committee Z80, Ophthalmics, which is responsible for writing all ANSI Z80 Standards for Ophthalmic Optics. Several Z80 standards for lenses and other classified medical devices are recognized by the FDA.

ANSI Z80.5-2004, Requirements for Ophthalmic Frames, is a recently revised standard that establishes specifications for ophthalmic frames and other frames used for ophthalmic corrective lenses. It covers materials, physical dimensions and measurements and general criteria. Excluded are product designs to be occupational eyewear as defined in ANSI Z87.1-1989, American National Standard for Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection, and frames for nonprescription sunglasses, sport frames, racquetball frames, fashion eyewear as defined in American National Standard for Ophthalmics - Nonprescription Sunglasses and Fashion Eyewear, ANSI Z80.3-1986.

This "standards snapshot" was made possible by the steady stream of press information disseminated by standards developing organizations to keep the ANSI Federation abreast of their achievements. As the Institute receives news of published voluntary standards and voluntary standards initiatives with broad appeal and impact, similar articles will be posted to the ANSI Online News page. Please continue to forward your updates to the Communications and Public Relations department at (f) 212.398.0023 or (e) For additional information on the wide array of standards applications, see the Media Tips and Case Studies section of the Institute's website.

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